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Caregiving

Provides programs which include adult day care, respite and other support services to assist individuals in the care of their loved ones.

Caregiving is a universal issue. Nearly one of every five U.S. households (22.9 million) provides care to a friend or relative. There are 44.4 million American caregivers age 18 and older. (April 2004. National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. Caregiving in the U.S.) Caregivers fulfill an important role not only for those that they assist, but for society as a whole. While this care is unpaid, its value has been estimated at 257 billion dollars annually. (Arno, P.S. Economic Value of Informal Caregiving. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, Orlando, Fl., February 24, 2002.)

While the range of services that the aging network provides has always helped caregivers care for their loved ones, in 2000, Congress passed the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). As part of the re-authorized Older Americans Act, for the first time, caregivers, rather than care receivers became the targeted client group. All of Georgia's Area Agencies on Aging provide services to caregivers. To identify the Area Agency on Aging that provides services for the county in which you reside, see Locate your AAA.

To assist Georgia's aging network to more effectively plan for the needs of caregivers and to implement NFCSP funded services, the Division of Aging Services conducted eleven focus groups across the state. Two reports of the findings and recommendations from these focus groups were published, and the results were widely disseminated to legislators, policy makers, and our partners in the aging network. These reports are available on this website.

You will also find descriptions of other innovative programs and services for caregivers, as well as links to other caregiving resources which we hope will be useful to you.